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31st May 2017 / Wendy Jane Preston

Harwin launches SYCAMORE Contact; ultra-reliable, durable three-point SMT contact for high volume, advanced automated assembly

Superior pin retention for modules and devices subject to multiple insertions and removals; patent-pending design; supplied on Tape & Reel

Harwin announces its new SYCAMORE Contact surface-mount socket which provides superior pin retention and durability for high-volume applications manufactured using advanced automated systems.  The SYCAMORE Contact’s design features three points of contact, providing the assurance of continuity and robustness previously only available from two-piece assemblies which are rarely available on Tape & Reel.

Gas Detection

Key markets for SYCAMORE Contact include domestic and commercial gas detection systems, fire alarms and metering systems, plus many other applications which require modules and devices such as field-replaceable parts or temperature-sensitive components to be mounted to a PCB.  SYCAMORE Contact is a unique, proprietary Harwin contact design with patents pending.

Product Features

SYCAMORE Contact is a single-part SMT socket design featuring a low profile of only 0.3mm max above the PCB.  Available in top and bottom entry versions, it accepts 1mm or 1.5mm diameter pins and is open-ended, so mating pin depth is not limited.   Manufactured from Beryllium Copper, contacts are gold-plated to ensure high conductivity and durability over a temperature range of -50°C to +125°C.

SYCAMORE Contacts are available now, packaged on Tape & Reel, with 1400 parts per reel.

Design Challenges

“At Harwin, we understand the challenges of our customers right from design through to manufacturing and the unique contact design of our new SYCAMORE Contact surface-mount socket addresses their need to apply advanced manufacturing processes for high volume output with no compromise on contact performance”, comments Robert Webber, Product Strategy Manager at Harwin.

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